As we come to the end of Foster Care Fortnight and head towards a glorious four-day bank holiday weekend to commemorate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, we find ourselves in the midst of two celebrations. Both teach us about joy, duty, commitment and care. Both are brilliant. If only both came with a bank holiday...
Looking back, this year’s Foster Care Fortnight did a great job of highlighting the support within the fostering community. It also addressed the need for more people to join that community. It was a celebration and an invite. If you’re part of the fostering family, we hope you felt the love. If you’re not, we hope it made you more aware of our triumphs and trials.
There’s no doubt being a foster carer can be amazing, rewarding, challenging and crazy (occasionally all in one day), but those that choose the job usually love it! As we look forward to celebrating all that the Queen has achieved in her record-breaking 70 year reign, it may seem that she was born for the role. But, she wasn’t.
Her Majesty nearly went nowhere near the throne. As a young princess, her future changed dramatically after her uncle, Edward VIII, shockingly abdicated and she shot up the line of succession. As ever, our Queen seemed to take it all in her stride.
On her 21st birthday (still as Princess Elizabeth), the Queen declared to the Commonwealth, “…my whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service.” A few years later at her coronation, she solemnly promised even more. Her lifetime since has been characterised by duty and service. With a few Corgis thrown in.
We get this commitment. Fostering is fantastic job, but it takes a level of hard work, love and care. In fact, as we celebrate both roles, we think being a foster carer is a lot like being the Queen. And we’ve found 15 reasons to prove it...
- Doing a really important job
- Dealing with authorities
- Lots of appointments in the diary
- Feeling like you have the best job in the world
- Getting paid actual money (even the Queen needs a Sovereign Grant)
- Meeting people from all walks of life
- Job occasionally feels like duty
- Having a spare room at home
- Having children who misbehave sometimes
- Being surrounded by shiny things (guaranteed glitter glue on the cat isn’t a diamond tiara)
- A lot of your life is documented
- Enjoying a close support network
- Genuinely caring about the young and doing good
- Needing a few minutes with a cup of tea and a slice of cake now and then (the Queen’s favourite is Chocolate Biscuit Cake)
- Lot’s of people thinking you are absolutely amazing for what you do!
Whatever your job and however you are celebrating the Platinum Jubilee, we hope you have a royally good time. The role of queen may be taken, but if you’re interested in finding out more about fostering at all, please contact us. Hip, hip hooray and congratulations Ma’am!